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September 10, 2013

Donation makes synthetic skating rink possible

Debut will be at Kiwanis Holiday Lights display


The synthetic rink will come from a Maple Grove company called Kwik Rink. They've been making synthetic rinks — which come in chunks that resemble connectable rubber floor mats — since the early 1990s. The version they have now is their third-generation product and is used by cities and professional hockey players alike.

To demonstrate, they had Chloe Bachman, a hockey player from St. Peter, skate around to show how the material performs similar to ice. After a series of hard turns, Bachman demonstrated a hockey stop that looked exactly like it would look on ice, minus the ice shavings spraying into the air.

Dotson said he was driven by the fond memories of his mother, who kept a flooded ice rink in the backyard. He said he remembers helping flood that rink, and the many neighborhood kids who would come to their house to skate, help maintain the rink, and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa when they were done.

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